Psalm 3

Lord, how my numerous foes increase

Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Tune: KENT (Lampe)
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I. Lord, how my num'rous foes increase!
How fast my troubles rise!
To thee, the sacred spring of peace,
My wearied spirit flies.

II. My num'rous foes awake my fears,
While they exulting boast,
"No heav'nly aid for him appears,
And all his hopes are lost."

III. But thou, my glory, and my shield,
Wilt all my fears controul;
A strong defence thy arm shall yield,
And raise my drooping soul.

IV. To God I breath'd my ardent cry,
He, gracious heard my pray'r;
It reach'd his sacred throne on high,
And he remov'd my care.

V. I laid me down and slept secure,
I wak'd, for God was nigh;
Sustain'd by his almighty pow'r,
My guard his watchful eye.

VI. What tho' ten thousand foes in arms
Against me should appear;
And war resound its dire alarms,
I will not yield to fear.

VII. Arise, O Lord, with saving pow'r
In my defence engage;
As oft thy potent arm before
Has crush'd their impious rage.

VIII. Salvation, Lord, is thine alone,
And all thy saints shall find
The bliss my thankful heart has known,
A God forever kind.

Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, Vol. 2 #135

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, how my numerous foes increase
Title: Psalm 3
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1760
Copyright: Public Domain



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